Four Questions to Ask When Choosing a Roofing Product

Roofing options have come a long way.

If you drove around your neighbourhood fifty years ago, chances are you would’ve seen the same roofing product on every house: 3 tab asphalt shingles. Now, there are literally hundreds of options available, and every product seems to list reasons why it’s better than the next. All of these choices can be overwhelming. Before you start drowning in a sea of brochures and Google search results, narrow down your choices simply by asking yourself a few questions.

How long do you plan to live in your home?

Renewall_Projects_roofing_questions1This is one of the most important questions, and yet it is often overlooked. Many premium products boast a long service life—some even 50 years—but what does that matter if you’re going to sell the house in 5 years? All you’re doing is creating value for the next person who buys your house.

If you think installing a premium roofing product is going to increase the value of your home, think again. When have you ever heard someone say, “We just looked at this great property in the Hamptons and we absolutely fell in love with the roof!” Sorry, but roofs just don’t have the same appeal as Italian faucets or hand-scraped hardwood. If you’re going to sell the house in 5 years or less, don’t spend a dime more than you have to!

On the flip side, if you are going to live in your home until you breathe your last breath, it makes sense to invest in a roofing system that will never need to be replaced. It will cost more in the short term, but you’ll never have to buy another roof again.

What’s your budget?

Set your budget before you start shopping. There’s no point in getting estimates for products that you can’t afford—you’ll just be wasting your own time and frustrating your contractor. Figure out your budget, and then work within those parameters.

How steep is your roof?

Many products are limited by the pitch of your roof. Some perform better at low slopes, while others perform better at steep slopes. Steep slope products tend to be cheaper than low slope products, which can cause some people to install steep slope products on low slope roofs in order to try and save a buck. Doing this is like filling your car up with Kool-Aid instead of gasoline—you might save a few dollars, but you’re not going to get very far.

If you have a low slope roof, you’re just going to have to bite the bullet and buy a low slope product. If you gamble on a steep slope product, at best you’ll diminish the lifespan of your roof, and at worst you’ll have a costly leak that will eat up every dime you saved on the roof. Don’t risk it—it’s just not worth the gamble.

What roof do your neighbours have?

Renewall_projects_calgar_roofing_blog2I’m not saying you need to keep up with the Joneses—just try and stay in the same ballpark. If everyone on your street has a standing seam metal roof, you probably shouldn’t install old 3 tab shingles you bought off Kijiji.

Installing a premium product won’t necessarily increase the value of your home, but installing a cheaper product in an affluent area could devalue your home—especially if you’re the only one on the block with an inferior roof. On the flip side, you also don’t want to be the only house on your street with a concrete tile roof while everyone else has standard shingles. If you want the best value for your home, it’s best to just stick to the status quo.

When it comes to roofing, the bottom line is…

Every roofing project comes with its own challenges, but choosing the right product doesn’t have to be one of them. Remember, roofing isn’t rocket science—you just have to be smarter than a raindrop.

For more information on Renewall Projects and our roofing services or options, please contact us today! We’re happy to help you find a roofing solution for your Calgary or Airdrie home.

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